Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Touch Of Home

I'm getting ready for the baby shower
this weekend,
so I'm just going to leave you
with a few pictures around the house.

The baby shower cabinet is
getting fuller with lots of goodies.
I love my china cabinet.
It's where I keep all my special tea cups.
I do believe that brownies might be
my favorite dessert.
(and chocolate cake)  ; )

Counting my blessings today, always.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Alpine Helen

A couple hours north of Atlanta, 
on the banks of the Chatahoochee River,
sits a little Alpine village called Helen.

With the steep sloping roofs and gingerbread-house facades, the flower box balconies and cozy bakeries, you'd think you'd been transported to Bavaria!

The city of Helen puts on a big Oktoberfest celebration September through October. 
We sampled a couple local beers and nibbled our way through a giant pretzel with cheese. 

There are beautiful, scenic hiking trails just up the road. The town is nestled in the heart of Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. We made our way up the Anna Ruby Falls trail...

...which ended in this spectacular view.

The town was so pretty all lit up at night.

I hear Christmas is especially festive too, 
so we're planning a return trip in December.
I'll be sure to take you along!

~ Nel     

Friday, September 22, 2017

Another Silly Moment

I met my best friend, Darla, for lunch yesterday.  It was so funny, every time we meet up something bazaar happens.  When we were in line paying, my friend used her Target card to pay, and I used my Walgreens card to pay haha.  I guess we were anxious to visit and catch up with each other.  The lady said to me, "I don't think this will work here," and I laughed and said, "oh, it was right next to my card so I gave you the wrong one."  
Jess, she won't be able to make the baby shower, so she gave me your gift with a book.  The wrapping is so pretty, sparkly pink.

We are asking for children's books instead of a card for the baby shower.   I think that will be so nice for Jess to be able to read these books to her little one.  And since she's a teacher, she can read some of them to her students as well.  Nel slipped this little note along with the invitation when she sent them out.

My friend sent me this picture of us back in the day. 

Busy busy getting ready for the shower.  There's still a few more things left to do.  I'll show you some pictures of the fun day soon.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017


It was a tradition at our school to sell mums during the Homecoming week.  Any one who wanted to buy a Mum for that special someone could, and they would be delivered to their classroom sometime during the school day.  It was fun to see all the people walking around with Mums pinned to their shirts and dresses...and even more exciting to get one. These Mums were not small, but huge, and it took careful skill pinning them so they didn't droop all day.  It got us in the spirit of the Homecoming week and the upcoming football game.  Mums have always reminded me of Fall, and when I saw them at the store the other day, I couldn't help but stop and appreciate.

Did you ever wonder where
the phrase "Mum's the Word" comes from?
Mum means to keep silent or quiet.
"Mum" is a Middle English word
meaning "silent."
Do you like Mums?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Us Bloggers

Us bloggers are pretty brave, if you think about it.  We write, we create, we take pictures, and then we hit the publish button.  Sure, we can delete it all, change our words, but most of us don't.  We never know the outcome our posts will have on the readers, yet we write from the heart.  It looks a lot easier than it is, doesn't it?   With the music we add and and the links we provide and the pictures we share, there's a lot that goes into getting a post published........but it is our passion.  I remember one of the very first blogs I visited, Dear Daisy Cottage.  Me and the girls loved it!  We anxiously awaited Kim's next post, especially Nel.  Kim had a way of writing, and her cottage pictures were the most charming we had ever seen.  I never commented early on, but I visited daily.  It became part of our routines.  We just loved her.  Keep sharing your blogs, my friends.  I learn something from you every day - about the flowers, about the projects you're working on, about your travels, about scripture, about home décor, about nature, about art, and about the world.

 Do you remember the first blog
you ever visited?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This Is The Season I Love

One of the reasons I never want to leave
northern California
is because of its glorious Autumns.

Went to Barnes & Noble
to look for a gift for the baby shower
games we'll be playing.
They always have the cutest stuff.

Didn't find anything,
but I did buy this - it was time for a
new magazine.

Even the shopping centers
are displaying their Fall colors.

Have you tried the pumpkin scone
at Starbucks?
Oh, it's so good.  I'm starting to like
scones better than the loafs.
I couldn't help taking a bite before the pic.  ; )

Has Autumn arrived yet for you?